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The Madison nursing home abuse lawyers at Boller & Vaughan understand the challenges faced by nursing home abuse victims, as well as the questions confronted by families who suspect their loved one may be a victim of neglect or abuse in a nursing home.
Below we present the answers to some frequently asked questions about nursing home abuse. If you believe a loved one is suffering from neglect or abuse in a nursing home or other assisted-care facility, please call us today at 608-268-0268 or contact us online to arrange a FREE, confidential consultation.
Neglect and abuse are distinguished by intent. Neglect may be the passive and unintentional failure to provide a nursing home resident’s needs. Abuse is the intentional harm of a nursing home resident.
Regardless of intent, both neglect and abuse constitute mistreatment and can have life-threatening or fatal consequences for nursing home residents who rely on others for their care.
Elder abuse takes many forms, most commonly:
Nursing home residents are vulnerable to all types of elder abuse, and they may be targeted for this vulnerability. Victims of nursing home neglect or abuse are often unable or unwilling to communicate their mistreatment.
Because some victims are unable to speak on their own behalf and because many cases of elder abuse go unreported, it’s important that family and friends be vigilant for signs of nursing home abuse.
Some common signs of neglect include:
Signs of physical abuse include:
Common indicators of emotional abuse include:
Signs of sexual abuse include:
Warning signs of financial abuse include:
Within the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, the Division or Quality Assurance (DQA) is responsible in part for regulating certain types of health-care providers, specifically care facilities like nursing homes and assisted-living centers.
Reports of suspected neglect or abuse in a nursing home or assisted-living facility may be filed anonymously. To submit a complaint to the DQA, call the toll-free complaint hotline at 800-642-6552.
You can also directly contact a regional office. The DQA Southern Regional Office located in Madison, for example, serves several counties including Dane, Green, Lafayette, Iowa and Rock. Click here to locate and your regional office.
Anyone with a concern or complaint may also contact the Wisconsin Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program at 800-815-0015. Complaints may be filed anonymously.
The program advocates on behalf of individuals age 60 and older who receive long-term care services as residents or tenants of a licensed or certified long-term care facility. Wisconsin’s Ombudsman Program is not an emergency hotline. Instead, the program seeks to resolve problems and advocate for the rights of residents with the goal of enhancing quality of life and care.
Wisconsin nursing home residents have the legal right to be treated with courtesy, respect, and dignity. By law, nursing home residents cannot to be:
Moreover, nursing home residents also have the right to private and unrestricted visitation and communication with anyone they choose via in-person visits, telephone or mail.
Instances of nursing home abuse are rarely limited to one person, and an attorney who has experience with elder abuse cases can help ensure that victims and their families receive the compensation they need to move forward and that the behavior stops before other innocent people suffer.
The Madison nursing home abuse lawyers at Boller & Vaughan are dedicated to helping nursing home abuse victims and their families pursue the financial security they need to cope with medical expenses and other damages.
Our attorneys have an extensive record of success in Wisconsin nursing home abuse cases and have secured some of the highest neglect and abuse settlements in the state.
We offer FREE, no-obligation consultations to help you understand your legal options, and our attorneys work on a contingent-fee basis, which means you don’t pay unless we recover compensation on your behalf.
Please call Boller & Vaughan today at 608-268-0268 or contact us online to arrange your complimentary consultation. Our law firm is based in Madison but we represent clients across the state.
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